Did you hear? J-Sleazy and the gang are back with round two of Attack Attack!’s latest attempt to re-invent themselves as respected musicians. With a slew of member changes and constant criticisms of their talent and genre, the band has finally unleashed the second full-length album, self-titled, from Rise Records.
Think post-Sonnny From First To Last,Stick To Your Guns, and Cobra Starship.
A chilling piano intro begins the album on “Sexual Man Chocolate”, getting our hopes up for a somewhat decent metalcore album. And for the first three songs or so our expectations are pretty much exceeded — it is, so far, indeed a metal album with a hint of electronica; until the fourth track, “Shut Your Mouth”. It’s a good song, if you’re a fan of dancing and, perhaps, Jeffree Star. I understand that electronica takes a big part in Attack Attack! as a band, but “Shut Your Mouth” strays just a bit too much from the general genre that the band has landed on, and really sticks out as annoying filler. As my own preference, when listening to heavy music, I want to stay in heavy music until I’m ready to be done. I don’t want any dance, J-Sleazy, or anything of that sort. The overall idea behind this album’s genre is pretty confusing in general. You’ve got a good ‘ol heavy as hell fast-paced sound in songs like “Renob, Nevada” and “AC-130″, a girlish Cobra-esque “Shut Your Mouth”, and Boyz To Men in the final track, “Lonely”, with something that Brokencyde would put out in the last 60 seconds of the album.
Caleb, the groups third and current lead vocalist, brings a heavier scream to the table, whereas Carlile had the higher-pitched accent. And as far as I’m concerned, the band’s music hasn’t greatly changed or evolved.
Let’s hope any future music videos won’t earn them any more comments from critics.